– One season down, several to go, as the state’s early antlerless firearm season ended on Sept. 19. However, Tuesday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 24, youth ages 10-16 are allowed to hunt antlerless deer only in Deer Management Units 486 (southeastern Michigan) and 041 (Kent County). The bag limit is one antlerless deer per antlerless license.
Deer Management Unit 486 includes the majority of southern Michigan with the exception of Kent County and four counties on the southeastern edge of the peninsula – Monroe (DMU 058), Wayne (DMU 082), Macomb (DMU 050) and St. Clair (DMUs 074 and 174).
Also in the field and woods will be 100-percent disabled veterans, taking part in their hunt, Sept. 25-26. A firearm or combination deer hunting license is valid for either an antlered or an antlerless deer during this special season. All vets must be determined to be 100-percent disabled by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs to be eligible to participate in the special hunt. All kids ages 9-11 are limited to only archery equipment or crossbows, while their older counterparts, ages 12-13 may use firearms on private land, including Commercial Forest Land. Any youth must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone 18 years of age or older, designated by a parent or guardian. All hunters in any season are required to wear the required 6- inch square of hunter orange.